What is The Barbary Next Door? It’s a restaurant from the team behind The Barbary. And where is it? It’s next door to The Barbary.
Frankly, the name is doing a lot of the heavy lifting here.
But this one’s going to have more of a focus on wine, and if it’s even a fraction as good as its sibling, we’re in for a treat. The plan is to take over the former site of Jacob The Angel, the cafe which used to be right next to the Barbary in Neal’s Yard. And thankfully, they’re still going sling those fancy North African pastries during the day, meaning you can still get yourself a ktefa (it involves layers of crispy pastry sandwiched with a smooth dollop of custard) and other such delights.
In the evenings things will become a lot more Barbary-like, with a menu of oysters with harissa oil; mackerel fricassee with raw sea bass & cherry coriander salad; chicken pastilla filo pie with cinnamon; and a hearty oxtail tagine. Of course, they’ll also be serving the Barbary’s excellent flat breads and their accompanying dips, which are half the reason to go in the first place.
The wine part of this whole operation is where things diverge a little from the mothership. Sommelier-extraordinaire Honey Spencer (she’s worked with Sager + Wilde, Flor, The Mulwray, etc.) will be curating a list of Old World organics, plus a couple of Moroccan numbers to act as menu-matchers, and standalone wine bar fodder. And if you’re feeling frisky, you can score a Barbary Bloody Mary, too.
As for Jacob The Angel? It’ll be migrating to an as-yet-unnamed location.
Despite the name, it’s not going to heaven quite yet.
NOTE: The Barbary Next Door is set to open on 20th October. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can keep and eye on their website right HERE.
The Barbary Next Door | 16A Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP
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